OSHEAGA 2019 - Wrap-up of the 14th edition of the Music and Arts Festival


From August 2 to 4, 2019, the 14th edition of OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival presented by Bell Alt TV in collaboration with Coors Light took place at the newlyrenovated festival site at Espace 67 of Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year, the return to the iconic festival site that fans know and love, plus a legendary lineup made OSHEAGA theplace to be for the more than 130 000 festival goers who assembled for the best weekend of the year.

“Every year, the profile of OSHEAGA continues to grow and expand, making it the ultimate festival destination for Montrealers as well as fans from all over the world,” says Jacques Aubé, President of evenko. “The festival is a major economic driver for the city of Montreal, and it does wonders for our reputation as a world class purveyor of music, arts, and culture on an international scale.”

Featuring over 100 artists, on 6 different stages for 3 unforgettable days, of fun in the sun, OSHEAGA had something for everyone, and fans came from far and wide (including ticket buyers from 60 countries).

The incredibly diverse lineup of OSHEAGA 2019 boasted some of the best acts to be assembled for any festival. Day 1 kicked off under the hot august sky with a super set from Juno award winning electro pop group Dear Rouge whose singer jumped in the crowd and had the whole crowd dancing and clapping their hands ; Australia’s Dean Lewis reminded fans why he is one to watch with a swoon-worthy set of songs from his album A Place We Knew; Denzel Curry didn’t need anything but a mic in his hand to get the crowd jumping and bouncing in unison ; while Rosalia heated up an already scorching day with spanish fire and pop flamenco. Headliners The Lumineers led the crowd in singalongs that felt like a giant campfire for the thousands of fans lucky enough to witness it.

Day 2 was an eclectic mix of performances with the dreamy pop psychedelia of local luminaries Anemone, an unforgettable set from Top Dawg hip hop star Schoolboy Q, and noisey rock and roll from Canada’s Reignwolf. Rüfüs Du Sol had huge set at the festival and then tore the roof off at their sold out after party at la SAT. Seasoned festival actsYoung Thug and Young The Giant showed the kids what it’s like to own the stage, while the Chemical Brothers’ return to Montreal after 17 years was worth the wait with a sound and light show that wowed the crowd who were helpless to the power of the big beat bombast.

Day 3 kicked off with unforgettable sets from Aussie newcomer Mallrat and Fontaines DCwho flew from Ireland to play their only North American festival. Mac Demarco won the hearts of his former hometown crowd; festival favourites Metric reminded the people why they are one of Canada’s greatest exports; while Koffee’s Jamaican toasting was a revelation for many in attendance. The night wrapped up with killer sets from 3 of the festival’s most exciting and dynamic performers, including a sonic boom from Montreal’s own Kaytranada; rock and psyche from one of Australia’s hottest bands, Tame Impala; and Childish Gambino who had the crowd hanging on his every ill syllable!

This year, OSHEAGA had something for all tastes with delicious meals and treats from a variety of food vendors from across the city. Famous food trucks, concession stands and catering services from the greater Montreal area were located throughout the site, offering a vast selection of dishes and local specialties, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
OSHEAGA 2019 continued the tradition of offering something special for those looking for delectable eats at the YUL EAT Gardens, featuring pop-up restaurants from some local favourites. This gourmet haven offered signature dishes from Agrikol (Haitian cuisine),Venice (Californian cuisine), Street Monkeys (Cambodian tapas), Foodchain (fresh salads), and Grumman ‘78 (Mexican cuisine).

The festival was also a feast for the eyes, with the presence of OSHEAGA ARTS under the creative direction of Fred Caron. In addition to the stunning installations placed all around the festival site, it was the return of the MUSIC ON PAPER expo (9th edition) featuring works from some of the most respected visual artists in the world.

It was good times all around as festival goers were numerous in participating at theOsheaga Play station , powered by National Bank, where photos and prizes were plentiful.

It was exceptionally hot this year for OSHEAGA, with bright skies and endless sun. Fans were kept cool with many National Bank water points throughout the whole site (including the enormous water truck giving out free water), water cannons spraying the crowd near the front of the stage, and a beautiful giant water fountain courtesy of Bell Alt TV where festival goers could frolic and play and let loose when the heat got too intense.

Moreover, many initiatives were implemented to ensure the well-being and the safety of festival goers:
• Presence on the sites of various intervention teams: first-aid workers, paramedics, nurses, monitoring teams to identify festival goers in distress;
• Mobilisation of an emergency medical service including doctors and nurses who can treat and prioritise cases;

• Permanent presence of Urgences-santé;
• Well-identified safe spaces and relaxation areas installed at various locations;
• The presence of the Hirondelles and Sans Oui C’est Non
• The implementation of a new “Child Pairing” system using festival goers’ RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) bracelets to allow families to stay closer together throughout the festival experience. The new system allows parents to digitally tether with their children by pairing their bracelets so that they can always stay connected. Safety was also top of mind as the Hirondelles once again flew over the festival site. As a reminder, the Hirondelles are intervention teams with the mission of increasing the safety of women and vulnerable persons.

This wonderful 14th edition wouldn’t have been possible without the presence of the fans, but also the support of private and government partners, who OSHEAGA wishes to Bell Alt TV, Coors Light, National Bank, Honda, Uber Eats, Bacardi, Perrier, Nivea, OIKOS, Coca-Cola, Casino de Montréal, Jack Daniel’s, Monster Energy, Clarins, H&M, Don’t Drive High, So Delicious, SToK, American Express, Triangle Rewards, O8 Lifestyle, Ketel One, STM, Vins Philippe Dandurand and RECYC-QUÉBEC

In addition, huge thank you to OSHEAGA’s public partners: Ministère du Tourisme,Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine and Tourisme Montréal.

OSHEAGA is back July 31 and August 1-2 2020 for the 15th edition! It will undoubtedly be the best weekend of the year!